A full book of fixtures awaits in the Intrust Super Cup this weekend, and the highlight is four of the top five all play each other in Round 19.
Outside of the power struggle at the top, there is the Dolphins trip to Gladstone as another Queensland town gets an Intrust Super Cup game. Some long road trips await teams as the Northern Pride make the long journey to Tweed Heads, Sunshine Coast make the long journey to PNG, Burleigh make the long journey to Mackay, and Souths Logan make the very short journey to Bishop Park.
Here’s the ladder.
Townsville Blackhawks 32 (+430), PNG Hunters 29 (+162), Wynnum Manly Seagulls 28 (+187), Ipswich Jets 26 (+166), Easts Tigers 23 (+167), Mackay Cutters 22 (+64), Northern Pride 20 (+12), Burleigh Bears 18 (-183), Redcliffe Dolphins 17 (+45), Tweed Heads Seagulls 15 (-41), Souths Logan Magpies 14 (-128), Sunshine Coast Falcons 13 (-161), Norths Devils 9 (-320), CQ Capras 6 (-400).
Wynnum Manly Seagulls v Ipswich Jets at BMD Kougari Oval on Saturday, July 18 – 5pm
Any other week this would be game of the round as third and fourth take on each other at BMD Kougari Oval on Saturday evening.
Wynnum Manly came home strongly last weekend after a very unlikely half time deficit against bottom placed Central Capras. Their 30-0 second half shutdown of the Capras builds nicely into the big clash with the Jets.
Ipswich were held off by Easts in one of the games of the year last weekend, and will be keen not to lose any more momentum or points to the Seagulls who are currently two ahead of them in third.
Wynnum will be ready for their unpredictability of short kicks off, and side to side movements, and the return of Marmin Barba will only add to the variety that Ipswich offer. Wynnum are a battle hardened side used to finals football who will be ready. Ipswich will fancy their chances of a win, with Wynnum losing their previous two at home before last weekend’s come from behind win.
Prediction: Ipswich by 6
This Year – Ipswich 16 Wynnum 18
Last Year – Wynnum 26 Ipswich 20
Odds – Wynnum $1.65 Ipswich $2.25
Wynnum Manly Seagulls: 1. Daniel Ogden 2. Peter Gubb 3. Matthew Grieve 4. Mitchell Buckett 5. Greg Eden 6. Patrick Templeman 7. Mathew Seamark 8. Ben Shea 9. Alehana Mara 10. Tim Natusch (c) 11. David Stagg 12. Jon Grieve 13. Mitchell Frei 14. John Te Reo 15. Brendon Gibb 16. Aaron Rockley 17. Tanu Wulf
Coach: Jon Buchanan
Ipswich Jets: 1. Carlin Anderson 2. Marmin Barba 3. Chris Walker 4. Nemani Valekapa 5. Brandon McGrady 6. Josh Cleeland 7. Dane Phillips 8. Josh Seage 9. Landon Hayes 10. Rod Griffin 11. Sam Martin 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Keiron Lander (c) 14. Fakahoko Teutau 15. Kurtis Lingwoodock 16. Billy McConnachie 17. Liam Capewell
Coach: Ben Walker and Shane Walker
Mackay Cutters v Burleigh Bears at Stadium Mackay on Saturday, July 18 – 6pm
Burleigh’s 1 point win over Wynnum Manly in dramatic fashion in Round 15 must seem a long time ago as they have lost three since to the combined tune of 134-20. Last week’s 58 point loss to Redcliffe was quite the shock, and the Bears will be hoping for better this week.
Burleigh face a side they beat by one point earlier in the year and also beat them in Mackay in this fixture last year, so there is some hope for an upset.
Mackay currently sit in sixth, just one point from the fifth placed Easts, and they are coming off the bye last weekend. Preceding that was a win over the Sunshine Coast and consecutive losses to Wynnum Manly and Easts.
It is tempting to pick the upset given the recent record between the two sides, but hard to on current form of the Bears.
Prediction: Mackay by 12
This Year: Burleigh 23 Mackay 22
Last Year: Mackay 20 Burleigh 28
Odds: Mackay $1.20 Burleigh $4.50
Mackay Cutters: 1. Sam Clune 2. Jordan Pereira 3. Ben Jones 4. Justin Tavae 5. Buchanan Rawhiti 6. Cameron Cullen 7. Liam Taylor 8. Brad Lupi 9. Josh Chudleigh 18. Pulou Vaituutuu 11. Brenden Treston 12. Tyson Martin 13. Chris Gesch (c) 14. Aleki Falepaini 10. Ryan Kinlyside 15. Joss Boyton 16. Gavin Bennion 17. Braden Uele
Coach: Kim Williams
Burleigh Bears: 1. Talor Walters 2. Zac Mackay 3. Jamie Dowling 4. Corbin Kiernan 5. Dimitri Pelo 6. Todd Seymour 7. Ryley Jacks 8. Mitch Sharp 9. Tom Rowles 21. David Hala 11. Ayden Lee 12. Sam Swift 13. Darren Griffiths (c) 14. Jenan Parrish 15. Louie Fanene 16. Shaun Maloney 17. Josh Ailaomai
Coach: Jim Lenihan
CQ Capras v Redcliffe Dolphins at Marley Brown Oval, Gladstone on Saturday, July 18 – 7pm
The Intrust Super Cup seems determined to spread the message of Queensland Rugby League to as many places as they can this season, and the bandwagon rolls into another Queensland town this weekend as Gladstone get a taste of Queensland premier competition.
The hosts Central Capras will no doubt be ruing the lost opportunity last weekend as they led no less a side than Wynnum away from home at half time after a big performance from this year’s recruit Matt Minto. The manner of the 30-0 second half collapse though will not help the confidence levels.
They are up against a side in Redcliffe starting to build a real challenge to be included in finals football after a slumbering start to the season. They proved the big performance to draw against the PNG Hunters was no one-off by destroying the Burleigh Bears 64-6. The last time the Dolphins scored 60+ was against the Capras at Dolphin Oval earlier in the year, and the Capras will be doing well to get close to the in form Redcliffe side.
Prediction: Redcliffe by 28
This Year: Redcliffe 68 Central 16
Last Year: Central 10 Redcliffe 42
Odds: Central $4.50 Redcliffe $1.20
CQ Capras: 1. Reece Baker 2. Jake Ainsworth 3. Marco Delapena 4. Tarrant Mariner 5. Sam Smith 6. Matt Minto 7. Josh Mitchell 8. Gerard Tema 9. Mark Johnstone 10. Gavin Hiscox 11. Dan Randall 12. Guy Williams (c) 13. Corbyn Kilday 14. Dean McAdam 15. Josh Johnston 16. Rajan Opetaia-Halls 17. Aaron Watson 18. Josh Tanner 19. Lloyd Stiegler
Coach: Lionel Harbin
Redcliffe Dolphins: 1. Josh Beehag 2. Marlon Doak 3. Tom Opacic 4. Aaron Whitchurch 5. Tristan Lumley 6. John Brady 7. Luke Capewell (c) 8. Charlie Faingaa 9. Darcy Etrich 10. Jon Green 11. Nick Ritter 12. Anthony Cherrington 13. Trent Richardson 14. Logan Harris 15. Tyson Cleal 16. Harley Aiono 17. Taylor Brown 18. Josh Rudolph
Coach: Troy Lindsay
Easts Tigers v Townsville Blackhawks at Tapout Energy Stadium on Sunday, July 19 – 1.40pm*
The TV cameras return to Tapout Energy Stadium this Sunday, and after the quality rugby league on show last weekend, why wouldn’t they. Easts dealt with the unpredictable and attacking minded Ipswich well, and even put on their own attacking flair at time, mixed in with defence that has seen the Tigers become the second meanest side to score against.
However they play the side with the best defence and attack, and the Tigers will need the best of both of they are to upset the competition front runners this week.
There is one unknown with the Blackhawks, who seem to have put to bed most of the challenges on offer in their first season, is that they have only played once against the top five sides away from home. That lone event resulted in one of their two losses, so is there at last a weak link in the chain of the Blackhawks.
The $3.30 odds on offer for a home win seem tremendous value given they have lost just once there.
Prediction: Easts by 1
This Year: Townsville 40 Easts 12
Odds: Easts $3.30 Townsville $1.33
Easts Tigers: 1. Donald Malone 2. Mahe Fonua 3. Shane Neumann 4. Michael Kai 5. Matt Duffie 6. Shaun Nona 19. Brentt Warr 8. Christian Welch 9. Tommy Butterfield 10 Liam McDonald 11. Dane Hogan (c) 12. Jake Foster 13. Troy Giess 14. Francis Tualau 15. Matthew Zgrajewski 16. Foisa Peni 17. Isaac Kaufmann
Coach: Craig Ingebrigtsen
Townsville Blackhawks: 1. Jahrome Hughes 2. Zac Santo 3. Kyle Feldt 4. Mosese Pangai 5. Jonathan Reuben 6. Tom Humble 7. Michael Parker-Walshe 8. Lorenzo Ma’afu 9. Anthony Mitchell 10. Daniel Beasley (c) 11. Noel Underwood 12. Kelepi Tanginoa 13. Neville Costigan 14. Nathan Norford 15. Chris McLean 16. Corey Jensen 17. Ricky Thorby
Coach: Kristian Woolf
Tweed Heads Seagulls v Northern Pride at Piggabeen Sports on Sunday, July 19 – 2pm
The Northern Pride head for their longest road trip of the year this weekend after losing in a shock result against the Souths Logan Magpies in Tully last weekend. The Pride have done well to claw their way back into the midfield after starting the season poorly, but they have been inconsistent of late, typified by their loss to the Magpies.
Tweed Heads haven’t won since thrashing local rivals Burleigh 50-4 in May, and they are running out of opportunities to join the gaggle of midfield teams in the chase for the finals. The bye last weekend may have just helped enough by keeping the fresh.
Given the up and down form of the sides throughout 2015, it is a very hard one top tip, and just maybe the Seagulls are due.
Prediction: Tweed Heads by 2
This Year: Pride 24 Tweed 18
Last Year: Tweed 29 Pride 26
Odds: Tweed $2.75 Pride $1.45
Tweed Heads Seagulls: 1. Ali Grant 2. Nathanael Barnes 3. James Wood (c) 4. Kalifa Faifai-Loa 5. Leva Li 6. Shaun Carney 7. Karl Lawton 8. Matt White 9. Sam Meskell 10. Oliver Percy 11. Matt Robinson 12. Blake Anderson 13. Sam Saville 14. Ricardo Parata 15. Dane Clarke 16. Will Bugden 17. Ethan Price
Coach: Aaron Zimmerle
Northern Pride: 1. Hezron Murgha 2. Linc Port 3. Brett Anderson (c) 4. Justin Castellaro 5. Javid Bowen 6. Ryan Ghietti 7. Sam Obst 8. Jack Svendsen 9. Jason Roos (c) 10. Ben Spina 11. Vaipuna Tia Kilifi 12. Graham Clark 13. David Murphy 14. Cameron King 15. Tom Hancock 16. Sheldon Powe-Hobbs 17. Alex Starmer 18. Luke George
Coach: Joe O’Callaghan
PNG Hunters v Sunshine Coast Falcons at Kalabond Oval, Kokopo on Sunday, July 19 – 2.30pm
Based on the odds, this is the most mismatched game of the round, and based on ladder positions one would have an argument in favour of the split. But the Sunshine Coast should be getting more respect than that, given they have been excellent at times in 2015, and are coming off their biggest win of the season against the Tweed Heads Seagulls 49-10.
Combine that new found form and enthusiasm with an excellent recent record against the PNG Hunters and this might not be the mismatch that it looks like on paper or at the Bookies. The Falcons also pushed the Hunters in the game on the coast last year, so could the Sunshine Coast be the Achilles heel for the PNG Hunters?
Adding more intrigue to the contest is PNG’s last start draw against Redcliffe and the fact that they are coming off the bye this weekend.
Prediction: PNG by 6
This Year: Sunshine Coast 36 PNG 10
Last Year: PNG 25 PNG 24
Odds: PNG $1.17 Sunshine Coast $5.00
PNG Hunters: 1. Stargroth Amean 2. Oti Bland Tony 3. Noel Zeming 4. Thompson Teteh 5. Adex Wera 6. Israel Eliab (c) 7. Ase Boas 8. Henry Noki 9. Wartovo Puara 10. Esau Siune 11. Brandy Peter 12. Timothy Lomai 13. Lawrence Tu’u 14. Nickson Borana 15. Atte Bina 16. Willie Minoga 17. Enock Maki 18. Kato Ottio 19. Roger Laka 20. Adam Korave 21. David Lapua
Coach: Michael Marum
Sunshine Coast Falcons: 1. Ben Hampton 2. Travis Robinson 3. Rowan Klein 4. Young Tonumaipea 5. Suliasi Vunivalu 6. Kurt Mann 7. David Oakes 19. Jon Platt 9. Billy Brittain 10. Ryan Hansen (c) 11. Paul Ivan 12. Jacob Samoa (c) 13. Johnny Vuetibau 14. Jay Lobwein 15. Rueben Baillie 16. Jaz Nahu-Main 17. Jye Ballinger 18. Mboya Adams
Coach: Glen Dreger
Norths Devils v Souths Logan Magpies at Bishop Park on Sunday, July 19 – 2.30pm
Souths Logan will full of confidence after a great win against the Northern Pride in Tully last weekend, and will fancy their chances to win a second game in a row against the Devils who are struggling in second last position on the ladder and are winless since Round 9.
The Magpies turnaround is probably too late and not enough to make the finals this season, but are building nicely for a good tilt at next year’s competition. Norths will be hoping an easier run of fixtures will guarantee them avoiding the wooden spoon, but a win against the Magpies looks unlikely this weekend.
Prediction: Souths Logan by 10
This Year: Souths Logan 42 Norths 4
Last Year: Norths 10 Souths Logan 26
Odds: Norths $2.45 Souths Logan $1.65
- Dylan Galloway 2. Michael Lucas 3. Joel Bailey 4. Dale Copley 5. Rogan Dean 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Liam Tyson 8. Matt Mizzi 9. Byron Creighton 10. Brett Greinke (c) 11. Rhett Webster 12. Michael Molo 13. Krys Freeman 15. Hiale Roycroft 16. Dan Murphy 20. Dylan Smith 17. Billy Solah
Coach: Mark Gliddon
Souths Logan Magpies: 1. Jack Joass 2. Ihaka Watene 3. David Faamita 4. Scott Doyle 5. Tim Brooks 6. Ben Thorburn 7. Rhys Jacks 8. Tikiko Noke 9. Travis Waddell 10. Andrew Edwards 11. Joe Boyce 12. Daniel Tamou 13. Phil Dennis (c) 14. Jack Anderson 15. Ken Levu 16. Sam Gardel 17. Leon Panapa
Coach: Josh Hannay